Category Archives: The Bluegrass Players

Once Upon a Merry Murder Dinner Show (Dec 21 & 22)

Join us for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner:  Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.

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End Days (Jan:25-Feb:2)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

Winner! 2008 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Citation

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all.

“The universality of the denouement brings this comedy full circle, leaving us to admire the relevancy of Laufer’s humor and wisdom of her message. – Variety

Performances:
Jan 25-27 & Feb 1-2
Fri-Sat 7:00pm
Sun 2:00pm

Dracula: The New World (Oct:26-Nov:3 2018)

Presented by the Bluegrass Players

On the run, Dracula finds himself thousands of miles away from Europe as he looks for a fresh start away from those who pursue him. His own arrogance once again does him in. This fast-paced high-intensity thriller is an audience favorite and has become a regular each season.

Fri, Oct 26 2018, 7:00PM
Sat, Oct 27 2018, 7:00PM
Sun, Oct 28 2018, 2:00PM
Fri, Nov 2 2018, 7:00PM
Sat, Nov 3 2018, 7:00PM

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Dracula: The New World Cast 2018

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Sarah Christian – Charla Gilbert
Everett – Chad Hembree
Sherriff Pleasant Broaddus – Gary Burchfield
Reverend Wesley – Alyssa Bustle
Robert Christian – Jonathan VanWinkle
Renfield – Stuart Rose
Dracula – Darrell Harrison
Silas Mason – Matt Manning
Tommy Mason – Micheal Soens
Jud – Lucas Slagle
Nosferatu – Chris Sexton
Olivia – Braelyn Cameron
Maude Mason – Kyrsten Daughtery
Pheobe Mason – Saylour Burchfield
Mary Christian – Kelsey McNeal
Katie Broaddus – Shandi Johnson
Lilith – Laura Case
Eva – Billie Enciu
Sadie – Bethany Johnson
Jezebeth – Chasity VanWinkle

The Tomb – A Mystery Dinner Adventure

Presented by The Bluegrass Players

Join our expedition as we uncover the mysteries of The Tomb in this hilarious and mind-boggling tale.

All proceeds go to benefit the Spotlight Acting School and its mission to never turn a student away regardless of their available financial resources.

Menu:
Mediterranean Chicken Kabob over a bed of Long Grain Rice.
Finger length Potatoes
Roll
Summer Salad
Lemon Meringue Pie

Children’s Meal:
Chicken Nuggets
Macaroni and Cheese
Roll
Lemon Meringue Pie

Performances:
Fri Aug 17 6:30pm
Sat Aug 18 6:30pm
Fri Sept 7 6:30pm
Sat Sept 8 6:30pm

The Tomb: A Mystery Dinner Adventure Cast 2018

THE TOMB – A MYSTERY DINNER ADVENTURE LogoCongratulations to the cast.  This will be a phenomenal show the audience will love. – Show Tickets and Schedule

Rehearsals begin with a read through June 17th at 8:00 pm.  We hope your father’s day activities are finished by then and would like to have full attendance for a read through.

Look below for character descriptions.

Character  –  Cast Member
Dr. Penny Lane  –  Alyssa Bustle
Dr. Abby Road  –  Billie Enciu
Lady Eleanor Rigby  –  Letha Hembree
Sergeant Pepper  –  Matt Manning
Lucy  –  Raighan Kelly
Shahrour (Blackbird)  –  Caroline Cloninger
Michelle  –  Kayla Newland
Jude  –  Cassidy Jones

  1. Dr. Penelope (Penny) Lane – A struggling archaeologist who has spent her career in the museum basement.  Penny is clumsy, absent-minded and kind-hearted.
  2. Dr. Abigail (Abby) Road – An extremely well-known archaeologist and published author. Abby is a complete and utter self-centered tyrant who uses people to get what she wants.
  3. Lady Eleanor Rigby – 21st in Line for the British Monarchy and the benefactor of the dig. Lady Eleanor is going to use the event to elevate her status and will be even more pompous than she usually is.
  4. Sergeant Pepper – Leader of the security detail sent to protect Lady Eleanor and secure the site from thieves. The Sergeant takes his job very seriously. He is very fair-minded and well liked by his soldiers. Lady Eleanor does not dislike the Sergeant specifically, but she is offended that she did rate a higher ranking officer for her security.
  5. Lucy – Penny had a very hard time finding an assistant willing to follow her on her dig so she enlisted her daughter Lucy.  Lucy knows very little about archaeology and was always bored spending after school in the museum basement growing up. Lucy is very excited about going in the field and has gone full-on Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider in an attempt to look like she knows what she is doing.
  6. Shahrour (Blackbird) – Dr. Lane’s local guide and interpreter. Blackbird is a mysterious character who speaks fluent English and is very intelligent. She secretly works for the CIA and is there to gather intel on the curse of the tomb, which she believes to be a lost type of poison that could be weaponized in the wrong hands.
  7. Michelle – A very nerdy student traveling along with Dr. Lane on the expedition. Michelle has a track record of messing things up. She also thinks Aliens are the answer to every mystery.
  8. Jude – Another student. This one is star struck by Dr. Road and only came with Dr. Lane because she works for Dr. Road and she wants Dr. Lane’s job. Jude is loyal to a fault where Dr. Road is concerned.  

A Spectacular Season Preview

Join us for an all-out fun time as we share songs, scenes, and information from the 33 shows scheduled next season. The show will be presented in the form of a Broadway revue.

Performances:  August 24 – 26

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The Spotlight Playhouse 2018/2019 Season

As we begin rehearsals for our last few shows of the 2017/2018 season we look forward to another season of great entertainment, all located in our new 13,000sq ft Playhouse in Berea.

The shows are listed in Chronological order, but exact dates could change at this point.

The season consists of over 32 shows for 46 weeks of entertainment with over 150 performances. Don’t let anyone say there is nothing to do in Berea.

Look at the calendar in the next few days to see performance dates.

  1. Murder Mystery Dinner Show – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Aug 2018)
  2. A Spectacular Season Preview – by the Spotlight Players
    (Aug 2018)
  3. Press Start – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-9
    (Sept 2018)
  4. Let Your Hair Down, Rapunzel – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-11
    (Sept 2018)
  5. Young Frankenstein – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Sept 2018)
  6. You Can’t Take It with You – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Oct 2018)
  7. Honk Jr. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-14
    (Oct 2018) 
  8. Dracula  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Oct 2018) 
  9. Brigadoon – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Nov 2018)  
  10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Nov 2018) 
  11. Christmas Showcase – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Dec 2018)
  12. An Old Time Christmas Live Radio Show – by the Spotlight Players
    (Dec 2018)
  13. Christmas Mystery Dinner Show – by The Bluegrass Players
    (Dec 2018)
  14. Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-9
    (Jan 2019)
  15. End Days  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Jan 2019)
  16. Shrek Jr. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-14
    (Feb 2019) 
  17. Space Pirates! – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-11
    (Feb 2019)  
  18. High School Musical – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Mar 2019) 
  19. The Importance of Being Earnest  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Mar 2019)
  20. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – by the Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Mar 2019)
  21. Festival of Short Plays
    (Mar 2019)
  22. Twelfth Night  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Mar 2019)
  23. Musicville – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-9
    (Apr 2019)
  24. The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Apr 2019)
  25. Spamalot  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (May 2019)
  26. Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 4-11
    (May 2019) 
  27. Clue Dinner Show  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (May 2019)
  28. Singin’ in the Rain JR. – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-14
    (Jun 2019)
  29. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 11-18
    (Jun 2019)
  30. Oklahoma! – by the Spotlight Players (Intergenerational)
    (Jun 2019)
  31. A Broadway Revue – by Spotlight Acting School
    Ages 9-18
    (Jun 2019) 
  32. Moon Over Buffalo  – by the Bluegrass Players
    (Jul 2019)

Case of the Golden Spike Mystery Dinner Show

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Join the Bluegrass Players as they present their fourth dinner show of the season.

Take a trip back to the Wild West were President Grant is about to forever link the East to the West in this madcap mystery. Prepare to laugh and join in the fun as the evening continues to get crazier as loads of interesting characters take their place among the suspects in the Case of Golden Spike.

Menu:
Adult Meal
Roast Beef
(Optional Vegetarian Baked Ziti)
Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Rolls
Salad
Dessert

Kids Meal
Chicken Nuggets
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Rolls
Salad
Dessert

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The Golden Spike: A Wild West Murder Mystery Dinner Show – Cast List 2018

by Chad Hembree

Scripts and a final rehearsal schedule will be distributed next weekend. This is a large cast show and we will need good attendance in our short rehearsal schedule. Character details are below the cast list.

Betty “Sweet Keys” Smith – Letha Hembree
Fannie Porter – Taylor Edwards
Dora DuFran – Alyssa Bustle
Hiya Lu Suyin – Amanda Sexton
Empress Dowager Cixi – Beverly Hammonds
Calamity Jane – Chasity VanWinkle
Belle Starr – Charla Gilbert
Charles “Doc” Baggs – Gary Bowling
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn – Lucas Slagle
Ely Parker – Jonathan VanWinkle
Chen She – Bradley Powell
President Ulysses S. Grant – Jace Kuecken
Marshal Thomas Smith – Stuart Rose
Samuel Clemons – Matt Manning
Cullen Baker – Micheal Soens

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Betty “Sweet Keys” Smith – Letha Hembree

Betty is a local Green River lady who lived it up in its hay day. She is extremely talented and could make a fortune anywhere else, but she won’t leave. Now she scrapes by and has become a bit of a smart ass. She is the mother of Marshal Smith.

Fannie Porter – Taylor Edwards

Porter was born in England and traveled to the United States around the age of one with her family. By age 15, she was working as a prostitute in San Antonio, Texas. By the age of 20, she had started her own brothel and became extremely popular for having a cordial and sincere attitude, choosing only the most attractive young women as her “girls”, her requiring that her “girls” practice good hygiene, and for maintaining an immaculate personal appearance.

Dora DuFran – Alyssa Bustle

Dora was born in Liverpool, England. An entertainer/prostitute and close friend of Calamity Jane, Dora was immensely successful at her career and later became the madam of several brothels. She was one of the wealthiest women of the old west. She is loved by all for her talent and joyful personality.

Hiya Lu Suyin – Amanda Sexton

A Hiya is a Chinese Imperial Bodyguard. Suyin is also a trusted confidant of the Empress and the only guard allowed to enter her residence, or in this case, Hotel. Suyin was a formidable combatant, but does not participate in battle anymore and serves as the head of security for the Empress. She still wears the ceremonial attire of the Hiya. Suyin is educated in many languages, including English.

Empress Dowager Cixi – Beverly Hammonds

Although she refused to adopt Western models of government, she supported technological and military reforms and the Self-Strengthening Movement. She never left China in real life, but she became friendly to foreigners and began to implement fiscal and institutional reforms that began to turn China into a constitutional monarchy. Her visit to the US is to celebrate the joining of the East and West. Unlike most Chinese women of the time, Cixi could read and write.

Calamity Jane – Chasity VanWinkle

An American frontierswoman and professional scout known for her claims of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and fighting against Indians. She is said to have exhibited compassion to others, especially to the sick and needy. This facet of her character contrasted with her daredevil ways and helped to make her a noted frontier figure. She often wore men’s attire, and it is known that she was illiterate an itinerant alcoholic and an occasional prostitute. She spent the last years of her life working for her lifelong friend Dora DuFran.

Belle Starr – Charla Gilbert

The Bandit Queen, Belle Starr is a pretty as a picture, but deadlier than a rattlesnake. She ran with numerous gangs of which the most notable was Jessie James. She would kill without remorse and take anything she wanted.

Charles “Doc” Baggs – Gary Bowling

Called by some “King of the Con Men,” Charles Baggs is credited with inventing the fake gold brick swindle by selling the bricks to bank presidents. By turns, the populace was shocked or shaking with laughter at the outlandish activities of this king of the con men, who blandly boasted in the newspapers of his skill. Baggs is also remembered for the imposing iron safe in his office. It was actually made of wood, and folded to the size of a suitcase, but served its purpose: assuring the mark that the office was legitimate and financially sound. Charles is very likable, cool, and very convincing.

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn – Lucas Slagle

Governor General of Canada and friend of President Grant. The Prince is a frequent visitor to the White House and represents not only Canadian interest, but works as an unofficial ambassador for his mother, Queen Victoria. He is well-liked among those who know him and shares Presidents Grants, often off-color, humor. As Victoria’s seventh born child and third son, he was not in line for the throne, but he was Victoria’s favorite child, which afforded him liberties the other children were not permitted, allowing him to have a worldlier outlook on people than typical stuffy British Royalty.

Ely Parker – Jonathan VanWinkle

Attorney, close friend, and advisor to President Grant. A Native American born on the Tonawanda Reservation in western New York State. By his teens, Ely’s English was so fluent he was used as an interpreter in Washington. President Polk used Ely as an attorney and to run petition campaigns. Parker tried to enlist in the Civil War, but was refused by the Army. The official reason given was that this was “an affair between white men”. With political help Ely was eventually enlisted and was put under Grant’s direct command. The two became great friends and it was Parker who drafted the surrender papers signed by General Lee. Parker stayed close to Grant and became the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

Chen She – Bradley Powell

A former slave of the Imperial Palace, She escaped with Lin to the new world. He is a bit of a klutz and very jealous of Lin. He does not speak English.

President Ulysses S. Grant – Jace Kuecken

A prominent United States Army general during the American Civil War and elected as the 18th President of the United States in 1868. Grant is serious when the time is needed, but a heavy drinking dirty minded jokester when relaxed. His heart is pure and he believes in equality for all peoples.

Marshal Thomas Smith – Stuart Rose

First Marshal of Green River. Takes keeping the peace very serious. Does not like trouble and did not want the President crashing his little town.

Samuel Clemons – Matt Manning

The young Mark Twain is riding on the wave of success from his first novel and is quickly becoming famous. He loves stories about Western Expansion and wants to be a Promontory for the event. He is quick-witted beyond his years and stop-on-ready with a joke.

Cullen Baker – Micheal Soens

A Tennessee-born desperado whose gang is alleged to have killed hundreds of people including former slaves during the early days of the American Old West. He was a man of few words and quick with a pistol but preferred a double barrel shotgun.